The Scriptures Speak of Christ

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June 21, 2012

(Layton Talbert)

Is the Old Testament at all authoritative for the New Testament era? Should the New Testament believer even attach much value to the Old Testament? And if so, in what ways and areas is the Old Testament (OT) to be applied as either authoritative or valuable for the New Testament (NT) Christian?

Beginning with the Jerusalem Council some twenty years after the inception of the Church, history has witnessed an unending struggle with the relativity of the OT to the NT believer. It is instructive to note that, in the Church’s first major confrontation with this issue, the Jerusalem Council resolved that the OT is authoritative for the NT non-Jewish believer in its moral and ethical principles, but not in its ritualistic precepts. (Acts.15:1-29) Nevertheless, Christians who have wrestled with the problem through the years have come to a variety of conclusions.

Unfortunately, a common view tends to be one of disparagement, or at least neglect, of the OT. Many Christians treat the OT as little more than a prophetic handbook fulfilled by Christ with a devotional appendix (Psalms and Proverbs), and they do not utilize it to its full, God-intended potential. Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser pointedly observes that it is difficult to think of very many areas of Christian theology that are not affected in a major way, either by the inclusion or the deliberate omission of the OT data from its systematization. Moreover, when it is recalled that over three fourths of the total Bible is found in the OT, it is enough to give one pause before cavalierly bypassing the most extensive record of God’s revelation to mankind.

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Honoring Him and Hearing His Voice

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Meeting The Lord In The Air

(Jn.5:17-29, Tit.2:13, 1Thess.4:14-17)

As Christ was rebutting the allegation of the political and religious leaders of His days, He said to them in v.17 of Jn.5, “My Father is working until now, and I am working too.” They attempted to kill Him for these very words because He said, “God is my Father”, thus making Himself equal with God. (v.18)

The Son of God is a carbon copy of God, the Father, even so are we in the spirit, and the Son cannot do any thing of Himself. What He hears, He says, and what He sees, He does. (v.19)

There is a relationship between the Father and His Son Jesus Christ even so we are with Christ. At the core of this relationship is the LOVE of His Father for the Son, and vise versa. God will show Christ greater things than these, and it will blow their minds. (v.20) Even so the world in which we live in today will have its mind totally blown by what Christ will do through a saint that is 100% devoted to His Father.

If Christ had such a living and vibrant relationship with His Father, how should the saints relationship with Him be? How deep should our relationship be with Jesus Christ? Are we motivated by the love of Christ? Can we reciprocate this love for Him? Can we separate ourselves in body, soul and spirit unto Him? This will be the answer for the dilemma that the Christians face in today’s world. Is Christ sufficient, and can we be sold out to Him, and trust that He will defend us, and our families? You have to answer this question for yourself individually.

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Salvation of Judas Iscariot: Who Determined It?

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Did God Choose Judas Iscariot For Salvation?

In Christendom today, majority of the saints will speak of Judas Iscariot as if God ordained him to be the one who will betray Jesus Christ. It had been pre-determined, and nothing could change it even if God wanted to. We have forgotten the testimony of God who said, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but He is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance..” (2Pet.3:9)

God chose Judas to be numbered amongst the twelve apostles, and that command was given to Christ after He had labored in prayers all night. (Lk.6:12-13) Jesus Christ said of the Mission His Father had given to Him, “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father does: for what things so ever He does, these also does the Son likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that Himself does: and He will show Him greater works than these that you may marvel. (Jn.5:19-20, 30)

We find this statement in 2Pet.3:9: “The Lord . . . is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Whom does God not will to perish? Most folks will say it is the entire human race. Look at the pronouns in this verse: us, any, and all. Continue reading

I Am God’s Temple

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Jn.2:13-17 

The original Lamb of God appeared in Jerusalem, and the Jewish Passover that represented the Lord Jesus Christ, the real Lamb that the present Passover looked towards was in their midst.

He was in the Temple of God, and He did not like what He saw inside it. He was perplexed that the Jews had lost the meaning of the ceremony and had desecrated the house of God. The zeal of His Father consumed Him, and He put together from different strands of ropes, weaving them into a lash.

Although the Temple was just a building, but it was more than that. The presence of the God who made the universe inhabited therein. Jesus has a zeal and passion for His Father’s house, and He was driven by it.

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Does God Care For The Sinners? (Part 2)

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 (Luke.15:1-32)

vv.4-7. God is passionate with humanity, and wants them back home to where they belong. He will do all within His power working with the will of man. If man wills for God, He will be found of them in personal way beyond their imagination, and he will know the love of God. He will discover the riches of Christ in glory, and his life will be preserved and saved.

The shepherd, who has one hundred sheep in his fold, is missing one of them. He leaves the ninety-nine in the sheepfold, and goes after the lost and lonely sheep. The ninety-nine are very important to him, but in term of the lonely and wandering sheep, they are not his concern right now. He devotes his time, energy and mind to look for the missing sheep, and when he finds it, he keeps it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

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